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Peru for the wild at heart. Tune into Lima’s lowdown on a guided walking tour, then do the same in Cusco before hitting the Inca Trail. Explore Ollantaytambo, summit Dead Woman’s Pass and catch Machu Picchu at sunrise. Then find out what’s creeping and crawling about the Amazon.

Your first priority should be ordering a plate of fried cuy (guinea pig). Peruvians eat around 65 million of the critters each year. Cusco’s main cathedral even has a version of the Last Supper showing Christ and his disciples dining on one.

Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
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Min 18 , Max 39
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Min 1, Max 16


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Once you've seen enough of the sights, stop by one of the bars in the Barranco Quarter and bust a traditional Afro-Peruvian move or two. Orientation walk with tour leader. * Pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Fun Cusco fact #487: the last surviving Inca was called Tupac. Depending on your Google skills he was either beheaded by Spanish conquistadors or went on to become one of the highest-selling rappers of all time. * Spend time acclimatising in Cusco * Take a walking tour around the central part of town * Perhaps explore the great Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay * Enough free time to take in all of the local sights
Optional Activities
  • Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco, including Qenqo, Tambomachay, Pukapukara & Saqsaywaman - PEN135
  • City tour - Cuzco - USD15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
It's cliched but oh so true - trekking Machu Picchu will be a once in a lifetime experience - unless you're the sort of sick masochist who needs to do it again. Day 4 * Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo  * Begin the Inca trek * Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata * Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak * Camp near the village of Ayapata Day 5 * The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass * Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below * Camp with a view over the cloud forest * Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay Day 6 * Continue up the Inca staircase  * Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range * Enter the beautiful cloud forest Day 7 * The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu  * Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun at approximately 730-8am * Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu * Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour * Return to Cusco by train
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Shop, recover, sprawl dramatically on the footpath groaning in pain - do whatever you want because the day is yours. * Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights * Enjoy free time in Cusco
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
See toucans, otters, spider monkeys and hopefully avoid anacondas. Oh, and don't pat the poison dart frogs. Got it? Day 9 * Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian Amazon * Take a two-hour boat trip to the jungle lodge * Head into the jungle with a guide and learn about the Amazon's wildlife, jungle food and flora and fauna Day 10 * Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birds * Journey to indigenous Indian farmlands
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If you don't board the plane in Lima wearing a colourful woolen poncho and a beanie then you're probably naked. * Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado * Fly over the Andes back to Lima * Tour ends on arrival at Lima Airport – please ensure departure flights are not booked out of Lima prior to 9pm
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


Boat, Bus, Motorised Canoe, Plane, Public bus, Taxi


Full service camping, Jungle/rainforest lodge, Hotel


Our Un Poco Peru trips score an average of 4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Un Poco Peru, September 2015

Joanne Wust

Un Poco Peru, September 2015

Cathlyn Simpson

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Important notes

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

Inca trail Permits:
Very Important - In order to obtain the necessary permit to trek the Inca Trail, we must be provided with accurate details of the passport to be used whilst travelling in Peru. If the name, passport number, nationality or date of birth shown on the permit are different from the passport, park authorities will refuse entry. If passport details have not been supplied, the permit cannot be issued. When we are unable to secure the "Classic Trail", our groups take the "Quarry Trek". This also applies during February each year, when the Classic Trail is closed for restoration.

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